Hon. Joan M. Kenney See Rating Details

Civil Court
New York County
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)


Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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What others have said about Hon. Joan M. Kenney


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Litigant

Comment #: NY5728
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Mentally I'll for sure, Joan has difficulty with reality. her acute lack of understanding of basic law is frightening. her violent outbursts and general demeanor seem closer to a disturbed patient at a state facility, not a judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5616
Rating:8.9
Comments:
I received a short decision for a case that needed a quick response. It was the right decision and sometimes our cases don't deserve more than two or three sentences. To the point. The other side appealed and it was affirmed.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5480
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The justice appreciates a well-prepared and reasonable litigant, so you know what you need to do when appearing before her. I've seen her act unreasonably towards counsel in court, so I think she needs to change that. She was a judge in Harlem small claims court, so she has seen them all and that may have colored a lot of her reactions to litigants. I think she sometimes unnecessarily try to be so pragmatic that she forgets there is an applicable law. Overall, she's fair and tries to be fair.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY5475
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
One irrational, inexplicable ruling after another; I have never seen anything like it. The decisions make no reference to the law or to the facts.

Not even handed.

No judicial temperament whatsoever.

It's a shame to have to practice law in a part like this.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY5314
Rating:2.2
Comments:
On a basic notice issue negligence case, the judge did not hold oral argument on a SJ motion and clearly did not read the papers. She sat on the SJ motion for months and then issued a two line decision with generic negligence case law (short form order) denying SJ with absolutely no mention of the parties, issues or facts of the case or reason for denial. it might have well been a rubber stamp "denial" of SJ so no thought need occur. The parties will incur significant cost heading to the AD for an actual ruling on the substantive issues.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4965
Rating:9.8
Comments:
I have tried two cases with Judge Kenney, and I find her refreshing in her pragmatic approach to litigation. She has a thorough understanding of the Rules of Evidence, something many of her colleagues don't understand. I suppose that some of the posts that are "name calling" are simply attorneys who are either unprepared or very unprofessional. On conference days I have seen attorneys abuse Judge Kenney, and she has ignored the insults. She should ignore the insults seen here as well.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4878
Rating:1.2
Comments:
She started speaking to my client directly and scaring him. She then denied my motion to amend the complaint which should be freely given, as there was absolutely no discovery yet. Even my adversary (in private) could not believe that I lost. My client got disgusted with her for this (and other things) and just dropped the lawsuit.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4175
Rating:1.5
Comments:
This is judge can be outright nasty. She is arrogant, has a poor and unprofessional demeanor and should be working in a Brooklyn bakery rather than on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4140
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Terrific judge with a practical sense of what lawyers need to get done.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY4138
Rating:9.3
Comments:
This is a very smart, hardworking Judge. She expects everyone in her courtroom to behave as professionals. From what I can see from the other posts, it is clear that her "bad reviews" are from grudge informants who did not get what they wanted from the Court. BTW if she were a male judge would the personal attacks be the same?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3858
Rating:6.6
Comments:
This is an interesting Judge to be before. If you come to the table ready to proceed, organized and prepared you will be treated with incredible respect. If not, you will be in trouble and will understand the bad ratings on this site. However, she is absolutely lawyer friendly and very protective of lawyers. It's obvious she practiced herself and understands She clearly does her best to be fair in a "solemonesque" type of way and lets lawyers try their cases without much interference which these days is very rare.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3588
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Kenney is possibly the dumbest Judge I have ever been before -- I would rather her chair offer rulings. Her brief Decisions reveal her inability to grasp even the simplest of issues and the fact that she has not read the papers. Her presence on the bench is an utter travesty.

Prosecutor

Comment #: NY3537
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This is the worst judge I have ever appeared before in Criminal Court. She did no allocutions on pleas and yelled at defendants who were accused of committing crimes in her neighborhood. I saw the "her bark is worse than her bite" comment - that's no excuse for a judge. On bail, she was horrendous, seemingly unimpressed by serious violent allegations. Hard to believe she's a judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY3475
Rating:2.9
Comments:
Judge Kenney handled my case so poorly it required multiple motions by the various defendants and several appeals before we were able to repair the damage she did. The judge clearly does not read the papers and issues one or two line decisions that fail to explain the basis for her denials. It is unfortunate that her behavior and ineptitude at being a judge has cost my client and several co-defendants tens of thousands of dollars because she could not even count to confirm the timeliness of one of my motions. Luckily the appellate division confirmed that February has 28 days in the month and 29 in a leap year. That was something the judge "overlooked" when incorrectly denying one of my motions. Otherwise she is nice once you crack through her rough and brach exterior.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3358
Rating:8.9
Comments:
I agree completely with the post below me. Judge Kenney is wonderful. Her intolerance for attorneys who disrespect her court rules or who offer invalid excuses for their untimeliness is completely justified. Judge Kenney is extremely efficient and thoroughly understands the law and also the realities of a case. The negative feedbacks on this site are likely cheap attempts at retaliation due to the legitimate criticism some may have received as a result of their own reprehensible legal misconduct. When attorneys conduct themselves properly in a professional and courteous manner, Judge Kenney is always extremely fair, reasonable, and treats people as human beings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY3340
Rating:7.9
Comments:
Incredibly efficient and gets to the heart of the matter. Definitely not the worst temperament I've seen on the bench, but she has very little tolerance for excuses on why a case is not proceeding according to schedule or mundane scheduling issues. Once a matter is ripe for trial - she is amendable to hearing all sides, passing fair judgments and will not hesitate to take her robe off, get in the trenches with trial attorneys and assist in settlements. She is very bright and managed to do a global settlement on one of my multimillion dollar cases that had been pending for years! She took four hours with us and got it done - get past her rough exterior because I think it's a New York thing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2718
Rating:3.8
Comments:
Not a legal scholar, relying instead on her recollection of practice "back in the day." Tends to make snap judgments and then changes her mind. Overall fair towards litigants.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY2075
Rating:2.2
Comments:
The worst judicial temperament I have ever encountered. A real screamer.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1822
Rating:2.5
Comments:
Judge Kenney actually used the word "irregardless" in a Memorandum Decision. And her legal reasoning is as deficient as her lexicon.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: NY1801
Rating:1.8
Comments:
Capable of exhibiting extremely bizzare behavior and making entirely inappropriate comments towards counsel; refuses to accept any correspondence sent to chambers and insists that all matters by conducted only on Thursdays. However, I agree with the other evaluation, after she finishes chewing you up, she can be agreeable.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: NY292
Rating:7.3
Comments:
Judge Kenney is known to venture verbally into areas that some might view as offensive, abusive or inappropriate. When you crack through the shell, however, she can be quite even-handed and suprisingly pleasant. Her bark is worse than her bite.